Wilkes County EMS announces community defibrillator initiative


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NORTH WILKESBORO — Wilkes County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will begin efforts to distribute at least 15 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to local non-profits thanks to grant funding from The Health Foundation. This funding was part of a larger $150,000 grant which also provided automatic CPR devices for use on Wilkes EMS’ ambulances.

The Race to Revive initiative focuses on the four key steps needed for a patient to survive sudden cardiac arrest. Recognize the emergency. Activate 911. Compressions. Electricity (Defibrillation).

“When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR reduces their chances of survival,” said Eric Morrison, director of Wilkes County EMS. “This grant will help us to provide even better care to the citizens and visitors of Wilkes County. We hope that by teaching CPR in the community that we will encourage more bystanders to get involved, call 911, and then begin CPR prior to the arrival of first responders.”

Local non-profit organizations and churches are encouraged to apply using the online application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RacetoRevive. Those organizations applying to receive an AED must commit to training at least 25 people in CPR and the usage of the AED. Not all applicants will be selected due to the limited availability of devices. Training and the AED will be provided free of charge for those selected. The application period opened June 1.

For more about the Race to Revive program, visit the program’s Facebook page.

Wilkes County EMS provides paramedic level care to the citizens of Wilkes County and its visitors. Established in 1971, our 50 fulltime employees take great pride in the service and care we provide to our community. Our mission is “Providing the same high quality pre-hospital care and compassion we would expect for our own family, to you and your family on every call.” Learn more about Wilkes County EMS by visiting the website, www.wilkesems.com , or follow us on Facebook.

The Health Foundation is a local non-profit dedicated to the health and well-being of the people of Wilkes County. The Foundation was formed in 1991 in order to save lives and change lives for the better through its support of promising health care organizations, programs, people and ideas. Funding for its initiatives comes from the generous contributions of members of the community, whose gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

In order that the people of Wilkes County have access to quality affordable health care close to home, The foundation has led fundraising efforts supporting the development of West Park into a medical community, The Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Day Health Care Center, The Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic and Mobile Unit

The Mobile Expanded School Health Bus, The WRMC Kidney Dialysis Center, The WRMC New Beginnings Birthing Center, the on-site emergency helipad at Wilkes Regional Medical Center, and many other projects. The organization is also well-known for its robust scholarship program supporting local candidates studying to become health care professionals.

Donations to The Health Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. donations are accepted online at www.healthywilkes.org or by checks written to The Health Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 667, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, or hand-delivered to their offices at 230 Jefferson St., North Wilkesboro.

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